Thursday, May 30, 2013

Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit

Source: 63039.info
Location: 
South of I-44 at exit #253 (22 miles west of I-270)

Amenities: playground, trails, picnic areas, wildflower garden

Website: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/visit/family-of-attractions/shaw-nature-reserve.aspx

Playground ground cover: wood chips

The play area for kids is called the Nature Explore Classroom. It opened in 2008 and it is comprised of different outdoor areas or "rooms." The Shaw Nature Reserve webpage explains theses "rooms" really well, but it appears the climbing and crawling area is now called the action area.

My kids really enjoyed the sandbox, and the big logs you could climb all over. If it hadn't started to rain we would have walked on some of the trails. They have a bunch of habitats you can explore, including wetlands, woodlands, and prairie. It's a great place for older kids to learn more about nature, and they have a nice gift shop with some great books.

This is a list they compiled of all of the things you can do there!
  • Hiking 
  • Play with your kids 
  • Picnic 
  • Bird watching 
  • Look at flowers 
  • Walking 
  • Nature journaling 
  • Photography 
  • Painting 
  • Jogging 
  • Meditation 
  • See a prairie 
  • Take a class 
  • Observe nature 
  • Spend time with family 
  • Buy nature books 
  • Make memories 
  • Cross-country skiing 
  • Use your GPS 
  • Volunteer 
  • Take family photos 
  • Read a book 
  • Play in the creek 
  • Biking 
  • Observe wildlife 
  • Spend time with friends 
  • Take a date 
Very close to the Shaw Nature Reserve is Purina Farms. We visited both on the same day, because we drove all the way out there I figured we should make the most out of our journey!

Thanks Angie for this review and pictures!














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